Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

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Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

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If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

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Diabetes

Last updated: 29 April 2021

Inpatient care involves a team of specialist nurses, registrars and consultants working with ward teams to optimise the diabetes care of people admitted to hospital.

Outpatient care involves the specialist clinics already described and these clinics are undertaken by a range of staff including consultants, specialist nurses, dietitians and podiatrists.

Educational programmes are also offered including JIGSAW (for those with Type 1 diabetes), carbohydrate awareness sessions and a programme for those converting to a basal/bolus insulin regimen.  There are also a range of virtual or online educational opportunities listed here (put link to education details)

What does it cover?

Guidance and education on the management of diabetes for patients in hospital.

At any one time, approximately 18% of patients in hospital have diabetes.  Acute illness, surgery, rehabilitation and being away from usual routines can affect glucose levels requiring changes to treatment.  Conversely, glucose levels out of target can slow recovery.

The team are available for advice and support Monday to Friday between 80.30am to 4.30pm.

What doesn't it cover?

Outpatient care of inpatient care for those without diabetes

Personnel involved

Diabetes specialist inpatient nurses and consultants (see the team pages)

 

What does it cover?

For those with Type 1 diabetes on basal/bolus insulin regimens:

  • One to one clinic support for those not achieving their diabetes management goals and wishing to work intensively to try and achieve these.
  • Education programme (JIGSAW) 
  • Support in the use of technologies such as glucose monitoring devices (including Libre and continuous glucose monitoring) and insulin pumps in accordance with NICE guidance.

What doesn't it cover?

Routine complication screening which is usually undertaken by practice nurse teams 

Personnel involved:

Dr Iain Cranston: consultant physician

Miss Lisa Skinner: lead nurse

Mrs Sue Beaden: specialist dietitian

What does it cover?

  • Supports the transition of patients from the paediatric team to adult services
  • Provides advice and support with the management of diabetes for those aged 16-25
  • Insulin pump and technology support for those aged 16-25

What doesn't it cover?

Routine complication screening is usually undertaken by Practice Nurses but please let the team know if any of these elements are overdue.

Personnel involved

Prof Partha Kar: adult consultant endocrinologist

Miss Julie Taylor: adult diabetes specialist nurse

Mrs Jeanette Head: adult specialist dietitian

Young Persons Pump team:

Dr Eveleigh Nicholson:  adult consultant endocrinologist

Miss Julie Taylor: adult diabetes specialist nurse

Mrs Jeanette Head: adult specialist dietitian

 

What does it cover?

For those over the age of 25 with Type 1 diabetes

  • Guidance for patients on the management of their Type 1 diabetes
  • Education programmes, particularly for those newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes

Links with the Young Persons Diabetes Service and Intensive Insulin service.

What doesn't it cover?

Routine complication screening which is usually undertaken by practice nurse teams

Personnel involved

Consultants and diabetes specialist nurses

What does it cover?

  • Pre-pregnancy counselling for all women with diabetes considering pregnancy
  • Care and guidance for all pregnant women with pre-existing or gestational diabetes (will be seen within 1 week of referral)

Clinics are held weekly on a Wednesday in the maternity department at QA Hospital and can be booked via: 023 9228 6000, ext 4553. 

What doesn't it cover?

Post pregnancy care is provided by usual teams

Personnel involved:

Diabetes:

Prof Michael Cummings: diabetes endocrinologist

Mrs Sarah Moutter: diabetes specialist nurse

Mrs Amanda Morcombe: diabetes specialist nurse

Maternity:

Mr Marwan Salloum and Mr Saumitra Sengupta – consultant obstetricians

Ann Going, Chris Hall and Sara Bentley – diabetes specialist midwives

What does it cover?

  • Guidance on the management of diabetes for adults with Type 1 diabetes and stage 3b, 4 or 5 CKD
  • Guidance on the management of diabetes alongside haemodialys or peritoneal dialysis
  • Guidance on the management of diabetes for renal transplant patients and those with New Onset Diabetes After Transplant (NODAT)

What doesn't it cover?

Routine screening for complications and specialist renal care

Personnel involved:

Dr Iain Cranston – consultant physician

Mrs Tracey Curtis – diabetes specialist nurse

What does it cover?

Guidance on the management of an ‘at risk foot’ in adults with diabetes

  • Foot condition or wound with a medical disorder complicating management
  • Possible underlying bony infection
  • Active Charcot foot disease
  • Persistant foot ulceration with chronic foot deformity
  • Foot ulceration with abnormal foot x-rays
  • Foot consition requiring additional imaging beyond x rays
  • Foot condition complicated by atypical skin or joint disease
  • Foot condition requiring MDT input (podiatry, medical)

What doesn't it cover?

Routine screening for complications

Advice on ankle or leg wounds

Personnel involved:

Consultant and Podiatry teams

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